University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Commission for Children and Youth Archive, 1993-1994

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Commission on Children and Youth
Title: Texas Commission for Children and Youth archive
Dates: 1993-1994
Abstract: The Texas Commission for Children and Youth Archive, 1993-1994, include papers and reports generated for and by the Texas Commission on Children and Youth, which sought to improve public services and programs for children and youths.
Accession No.: 94-370
Extent: 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The 73rd Texas State Legislature enacted the Texas Commission on Children and Youth in 1993. The Commission’s goal is to improve and coordinate public programs for children and adolescents, focusing especially on the areas of education, health care, juvenile justice, and family services.

In 1994, the Commission held hearings in twelve communities throughout Texas: Houston, Huntsville, Laredo, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Lubbock, Dallas, El Paso, Waco, Edinburg, Bryan/College Station, and Austin. These hearings invited parents, teachers, religious leaders, childcare workers, counselors, social workers, district attorneys, researchers, children, adolescents, and others to address the Commission in order to allow it to gain a better understanding of the issues facing child and youth services.

The Commission concluded that a change in the structure of services at the state level would be insufficient to address the problems facing children and youths. By focusing on local efforts, the Commission developed a plan to remove obstacles between federal, state, and local regulations, as well as ways to refocus aid efforts on the family as a whole instead of on individuals who meet basic requirements for funding.


Texas State Commission on Children and Youth. Safeguarding Our Future: Children and Families First. Austin: Texas Commission on Children and Youth, 1994

Scope and Contents

The Texas Commission for Children and Youth Archive, 1993-1994, concerns the documentation of the Commission’s research into issues facing Texas children. The collection contains hearings, testimonies, correspondence, reports, and printed materials generated during its research and related to issues of poverty, crime, education, family life, health and development, as well as public policy committees, initiatives, and grant programs.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Commission on Children and Youth
Texas. Dept. of Human Resources
Texas. Dept. of State Health Services
Academic achievement -- Texas.
Education, Elementary--Texas.
Education, Secondary--Texas.
Juvenile justice, Administration of--Texas.
Needs assessment--Texas.
Single parents--Texas.
Social problems--Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Commission for Children and Youth Archive, 1993-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3F515 Childcare block grant
Children's Commission:
Travel forms
Intervention work group
Dallas hearing, written testimony, April 1994
Austin hearing, Feburary 18, 1994
Bryan/College Station hearing, June 13, 1994
Public testimony, committy meeting, January 29, 1994
Lubbock hearing, April 1994
Waco hearing, May 23, 1994
Edinburg hearing, May 23, 1994
Written testimony, Laredo and Corpus Christi
3F516 Children's Commisison:
El Paso hearing, May 6, 1994
Violent crime control
Texas Juvenile Probation Commission
Texas Youth Commission statistics
Juvenile Probation Department
Action plans to prevent crime
Reducing youth violence, juvenile gangs
Jail and Prison Ministry and Catholic Youth Ministry of the Dioces of Austin
Written testimony
Communitites in school
Trust fund and Barbara Bush Foundation
"School to work opportunities," 1994
Brazelton, 1994
3F517 Family/Single parents:
Family support and education
Health Start Hawaii
General information on children's programs
Children at Risk, Houston, Texas, January 28, 1994
CAN DO Project, Houston Minority Tutoring/Mentoring Pilot Program, 1994
CASA of Texas
DPRS -- Legislative data book
Child Advocacy programs
Disabled children/sex education
School age pregnancy
Comprehensive school health
Texas School Counselor Association
Parents as Teachers
Welfare debate/Texas homeless network
New York child assistance
Welfare reform
Public policy:
National Committee on Children
Action for Texas Generations
Family supportive services
Child Support Enhancement Act
Children's Justice Act Grant